What is the role of higher altitude in the development of suicidal behaviors?

Updated: Aug 29, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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A study by Kim et al described altitude as a risk factor for suicide. [79] Their study concluded that when gun ownership, altitude, and population density are considered as predictor variables for suicide rates on a state-by-state basis, altitude is a significant independent risk factor. Thus, the higher the altitude, the higher the risk of suicide. [79] This association may be related to metabolic stress associated with mild hypoxia in individuals with mood disorders.

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